Terry Falk

Recent Articles

School Districts Battle Over In-Person Classes

School Districts Battle Over In-Person Classes

Parents push for this as health officials, teachers say state’s spiking pandemic makes this unsafe.

School Districts Rethink Reopening

School Districts Rethink Reopening

Oak Creek Franklin district votes to go virtual. Will others follow?

School Reopening Plans Get Failing Grades

School Reopening Plans Get Failing Grades

State teachers union analysis gives 'F' to Oak Creek, Cudahy, Franklin, Greendale, may scare away teachers.

Public Schools Fight for Funding

Public Schools Fight for Funding

MPS, other public school districts have gotten no federal CARES funding while choice and charter schools get millions.

The Educator: The School Policing Blindspot
The Educator

The School Policing Blindspot

Why a program of police meeting with students at MPS was a failure.

School Districts Consider Defunding Police

School Districts Consider Defunding Police

Madison, Green Bay, Milwaukee among districts that may end programs. Milwaukee school board votes Thursday.

High Rate of Turnover for School Superintendents

High Rate of Turnover for School Superintendents

Some superintendents leap frog from district to district, advancing their career or salary.

The Demise of Standardized Tests

The Demise of Standardized Tests

Pandemic is speeding the decline of longtime measures of student achievement.

Private Colleges on Life Support

Private Colleges on Life Support

Pandemic accelerates the demise of increasingly fragile colleges.

State’s Schools Scramble to Teach Online

State’s Schools Scramble to Teach Online

Uneven access to virtual classrooms, mixed results at MPS, other school districts.

School Leaders Reject Ban On Indian Mascots

School Leaders Reject Ban On Indian Mascots

Proponents of policy "shocked” and “disappointed” by WI Association of School Boards’ vote.

Puerto Rico’s Earthquakes Touch the City

Puerto Rico’s Earthquakes Touch the City

Puerto Rican Wisconsinites having trouble making contact with friends and relatives.

The Educator: Do Selective Schools Help Poor Students?
The Educator

Do Selective Schools Help Poor Students?

If not, what's their real purpose?

The Educator: The Rationale for MPS Referendum
The Educator

The Rationale for MPS Referendum

Despite scare stories, ballot initiative asks for annual funding increase of $87 million, not $640 million.

The Educator: How Does Residency Change Affect Teachers?
The Educator

How Does Residency Change Affect Teachers?

24% of MPS teachers now live outside city. Does that matter?

After Shootings Officials Discuss School Safety

After Shootings Officials Discuss School Safety

Should security be beefed up at MPS, other school districts? Opinions vary.

The Educator: St. Paul a Model for MPS Funding Effort?
The Educator

St. Paul a Model for MPS Funding Effort?

That city's successful school funding referendum was backed by local officials.

The Educator: MPS Program Offers “Ambitious Instruction”
The Educator

MPS Program Offers “Ambitious Instruction”

Will new approach mean more skills taught or more teaching to the test?

The Educator: Some School Districts Could Disappear
The Educator

Some School Districts Could Disappear

Shrinking population, open enrollment, other factors threaten state's smaller districts.

The Educator: Can St. Francis Schools Survive?
The Educator

Can St. Francis Schools Survive?

Small southern suburb faces enrollment decline that will make that very difficult.

The Educator: The Move Away From Standardized Tests
The Educator

The Move Away From Standardized Tests

Marquette and other colleges no longer require ACT or SAT. Why?

The Educator: How Should MPS Use Rainy Day Fund?
The Educator

How Should MPS Use Rainy Day Fund?

Typically used for school emergencies. Union pushes to use it to hire more staff.

The Educator: Who is Bob Peterson?
The Educator

Who is Bob Peterson?

New Milwaukee school board member is acclaimed educator who doesn’t always agree with teachers union.

Education: Elite Schools Aren’t Worth the Cheating
Education

Elite Schools Aren’t Worth the Cheating

Research shows students who miss the cut do just as well elsewhere.

Op Ed: Is Student Mobility Hurting MPS?
Op Ed

Is Student Mobility Hurting MPS?

Yes, many students transfer between schools, but that may not be the real problem for them.

MPS Gives $100,000 in Pay Raises Without Board Approval
Press Release

MPS Gives $100,000 in Pay Raises Without Board Approval

None of these raises have been officially reported to the school board.

.
Press Release

.

Op-Ed: Is Charter School Bubble About to Burst?
Op-Ed

Is Charter School Bubble About to Burst?

Their shaky financing is causing failures locally, nationally. Yet Trump wants more.

Op-Ed: Why Schools Are Abandoning Zero Tolerance
Op-Ed

Why Schools Are Abandoning Zero Tolerance

Even the theory’s biggest promoter has. But what is the alternative?

Op Ed: Why Did State’s ACT Test Scores Plummet?
Op Ed

Why Did State’s ACT Test Scores Plummet?

Actually achievement hasn’t dropped. But we were never as good as we claimed.

Op-Ed: Police Outreach to Teens a Failure
Op-Ed

Police Outreach to Teens a Failure

Violence over weekend dramatizes issue. School board called for changes in outreach program.

How MPS Changed School Expulsions

How MPS Changed School Expulsions

Echoing national trends, school board has moved away from “zero tolerance.” Here’s why.

Op Ed: Why Thornton Is Leaving MPS
Op Ed

Why Thornton Is Leaving MPS

It's all about moving back home, not about frustration with Milwaukee.

Common Core is Here to Stay

Common Core is Here to Stay

And the black helicopters are coming!

The End of Suburbs?

The End of Suburbs?

So argues a new book. And former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist agrees. Are they right?

Op-Ed: Send in the Cops?
Op-Ed

Send in the Cops?

Ald. Donovan wants more cops in MPS, Chief Flynn wants a different approach. Who’s right?